Adapted from Ohio University AAC Study Tips, http://studytips.aac.ohiou.edu/ Sensory Input is all the information you get through your five senses: taste, touch, sight, sound, smell. • You ignore a lot of sensory input and send some to short-term memory. • You could compare sensory input to the input you give your computer through the keyboard's keystrokes. Short-term or "Working" Memory is a temporary storage area. • Information you are currently conscious of, or working on, is held here, usually for very short periods of time. • Capacity at any given time is limited to about 7 "slots." (Think of your computer screen and the information it can display at any one time.) • Unless you begin to work on, or rehearse, the information in some way, it can be lost very quickly. (You also have to "save" computer input to keep it from being lost.) Rehearsal/Encoding is the work you have to do to understand and store information. • Effective rehearsal is crucial.
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